By FOX SPORTS Staff
Dortmund, holding a 4-1 lead from the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Real, were given a huge scare on Tuesday as Los Blancos scored two late goals via Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos to ensure a nail-biting finish to the second-leg.
However, Jurgen Klopp's men managed to hold firm and eventually triumphed 4-3 on aggregate to secure a spot in the competition's final.
In the process, Real became the first team this season to inflict defeat on Dortmund in the Champions League, and Ronaldo claims his side had shown on the night that they fully deserved to be in the final.
"The first leg was key, but today [Tuesday] we demonstrated we are a team that could have been in the final," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by the official Champions League website.
"We missed chances, we scored too late. I want to congratulate the fans for their support.
"We're sad because we knew there was a final game. We have proven to be better than them, but the score in the first leg was key."
Ramos, whose goal in the 88th minute gave Real genuine belief of a miraculous comeback, echoed his team-mate's sentiments and expressed pride in the way his side fought to the end.
"It's a shame. You can lose, this is football. If we lose it must be this way," Ramos said.
"We should have played like this in Dortmund.
"We have a lot of pain for the fans. It's a shame to have been so close. The missed chances in the first half cost us."
Dortmund will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Bayern Munich and Barcelona in Wembley on May 25.